OBLITERATING your highest break and then going on to win the tournament.
Sometimes it just all comes together.
And for Fareham teenager James Budd it did in the Secretary’s Shield, the under-30 event run by the Gosport & Fareham Snooker League at Stoke Snooker Club.
Budd, currently fourth on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour, made a personal best 85 break in the deciding frame of his 2-1 victory over Sam Aitken.
The 17-year-old, whose previous best was 59, added a 27 clearance in beating Karl Eggar 2-0 and a run of 32 in a 2-1 win over defending champion Steve Bennett.
Budd then showed great focus to beat Stoke club-mate Mark Lloyd 3-1.
‘I had to stay calm. I had to think positive,’ said Budd.
‘I thought I deserved to win.’
Meanwhile, Gosport talent Lloyd has one hand on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour rankings trophy after picking up his third tournament win of the season.
The 13-year-old, who is based at Stoke Snooker Club, just needs to qualify for the knockout stage in the eighth and final leg at Salisbury Snooker Club on Sunday, May 5.
Lloyd defeated Connor McLean, of East Sussex, 2-0 in the final of the penultimate leg at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.
‘If I play like I did in the knockout stages, I could win the title,’ said Lloyd.
‘But I’ve got to go there and do it first.’
Portsmouth potter Daniel Compton secured the seventh leg of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour.
The 13-year-old showed nerves of steel as he came from 1-0 down in the final to beat Thomas Holton on the black.
Compton’s Copnor Cuestars team-mate Jamie Wilson reached the semi-finals.